Arancini is the best way I know to use up leftover risotto. No one can resist these, fried to crisp golden brown with hot bolognese and mozzarella inside. These make a substantial and satisfying appetizer. The name? It means “little oranges,” which is what these look like after frying.   Prep time: 25 minutes (using leftover cooked risotto and Bolognese Sauce) Cook time: About 2 minutes per batch Makes 16 Arancini   2 cups prepared (or leftover) risotto 1 egg … continued…

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Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

December tends to be the month where people put exercise on the back burner because schedules are overwhelmed with shopping, parties, and other various activities. Many people think ahead towards January and commit to starting back with their exercise in full swing once the New Year rolls around. Let me challenge you to commit to sticking with exercise, even if it involves a modified routine! It will be worth it! Here are my top reasons for sticking with exercise this … continued…

Fitness Holidays Judy Eggebeen

I confess to wanting an excuse to use this cheese, a mild cheese infused with sage, pretty easy to find in the cheese cases of the big supermarkets in any town. The sage marbles the cheese with flavor and a sage green color. It is beautiful and delicious and seems so right for a holiday burger. I couldn’t resist making a red pepper spread (I bought roasted red peppers and blended them up to make this spread)–no one will miss … continued…

Derby Cheese Burger with Sage
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking Summer Grilling

Making “magic reindeer food” with your kids is a tradition you’ll love and will want to continue. This simple craft delights children and adults alike. It requires no special skills. And, it’s versatile. I’ve made this craft for brownie meetings and kindergarten classrooms alike. Believe me, if a classroom of kindergarteners can make this, so can you! The idea behind this craft is simple. You make food to put out for Santa’s reindeer on Christmas Eve. Of course it’s all … continued…

Reindeer Food
Foodie Crafts Holidays Pam Freeman

This holiday season don’t forget to leave time for some healthy, new traditions. Here are some great ideas for gifts, spending time with family and friends, and tips for staying active.   1. Give gifts that promote healthy eating: • Cooking tools • Water bottle • Cooking class • Fruit basket (with good fruit!)   2. Choose gifts that encourage physical activity: • State park entrance pass • New shoes • Gym membership • Pedometer • Yoga mat and DVD … continued…

Healthy Habits Holidays Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Frico are the crispy “cookies” of Parmesan cheese, baked 10 minutes until they are golden brown. They really elevate a dish and are simple to make. Filet is always celebratory, and this recipe is no exception. We celebrate even more with homemade fries. Dig in–it’s a celebration! Prep time: About 10 minutes Cook time: About 25 minutes Serves 4   For the frico: 2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 tablespoon flour   1 teaspoon olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon for … continued…

Filet with Parmesan Frico
Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

My kids and I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics and learned how to make these beautiful Christmas tree ornaments made from zippers and beads. With zippers being all the rage right now, your kids will definitely want to make these “fashionable” ornaments. Mine liked them so much they came home and made a bunch as presents for friends and family. I love them because they sparkle on the tree and are lightweight, so they don’t pull down the branches. Although these … continued…

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Decorating Tips DIY Holidays Pam Freeman

It is officially December, which means holiday gift shopping is in full swing! Some of you may already have all of your shopping done, some of you may already have a list of what you need to buy, and some of you may be wondering why I’m even thinking about gifts in the beginning of December! Regardless of what type of shopper you are, it is likely that you have a child in your life that you will be shopping … continued…

Fitness Heart Healthy Judy Eggebeen

I love pearl onions. They seem more festive and in this recipe, they are easy. Frozen pearl onions mean I don’t stand around peeling a big batch of tiny onions one-by-one. Who doesn’t love that? The red wine is a key ingredient in the hearty, comfort-food stew, so don’t skimp! If you want to make this even easier on yourself, add the potatoes when you put the pot into the oven for the first time–they might overcook a little, but … continued…

Winter Stew with Pearl Onions and Red Wine
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Holiday Cooking

My Dad has always grown turnips for my Grandmother and Great Aunt but no one else in the family usually eats them. They can’t eat the entire crop so many of the turnips just rot in the garden. This year I decided that was a total waste and the rest of us need to start eating them! When I first cut into one of the turnips, I was surprised at how much they smelled like horseradish but they actually taste … continued…

Turnips
Cool Weather Cooking Jenny Kramer, RD